Sadly, a lot of people never make it to the 3 plate mark, even though I personally feel anyone who is 180lb+ can VERY LIKELY at some point bench 315lb. What's the reason? They have the desire but not the PATH to success. They know what they want, but not what they should be doing.
And I was just like everyone else.
I remember when I first started lifting. From the get go I had delusions of grandeur. I would bench 2 plates within a few weeks!!! I went in the gym and gave it my all every workout. Hour upon hour I'd pour my sweat out pushing myself. Gave 100%.
Did I reach 2 plates? Nope. Not even close.
It took me MONTHS to even bench 1 plate for reps. By end of my first YEAR of lifting I could bench press 2 plates for a very sloppy rep. Then the wasteland occurred. I jokingly call the gap between benching 2 plates and 3 plates “the wasteland” because it takes seemingly forever, if it ever happens.
My initial beginner progress came to a complete stop. I spent the next several years eeking my 1 rep max from 225lb to 270lb. And then progress just stopped. Completely. 3 plates was never going to happen. The wasteland had won.
Or so I thought.
By chance I discovered an amazing powerlifting gym (a recommendation I got at a wedding). I met the owner, Sean Kelly and I quickly discovered I knew nothing about lifting. You mean I WASN'T supposed to go to failure every workout!?! But then how did I know I was trying hard enough? I gotta be honest, I was kind of embarrassed by my lack of knowledge and accepting his help took some time (dat ego). Finally, I agreed to get help and it was the right choice.
Through his quick crash course on periodization, percentages, volume etc (and buying books he recommended) I was quickly able to get my bench from 270lb to 315lb in ONE YEAR. I had spent the last 3 years struggling to increase my bench 45lb and within 1 year of proper training, I had increased it a further 45lb...getting almost 3x the progress.
I had finally reached my goal. As the years progressed I was able to add more pounds until my bench press, eventually benching 350lb at 180lb bodyweight. The knowledge I was given was invaluable. If I'd known about training properly all those moons ago, my progress would have been A LOT faster.
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